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James L. Brown

September 10, 2016

James L BrownJames L. Brown, 83, formerly of Cape Vincent, N.Y., passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown, N.Y.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service in Watertown on Thursday, September 15, from 6:00-8:00pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 16, at 11:00am with Msgr. Robert Aucoin presiding. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Vincent of Paul Cemetery in Cape Vincent, N.Y.

Jim was born in Allegany, NY, on July 28, 1933, the son of Walter L. and Marguerite Brunner Brown. He graduated from Olean High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma Engineering School.

On May 11, 1953, Jim entered the US Army. He received the Korean Service Medal, the Good Conduct, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service medal. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal on May 12, 1955.

On September 8, 1962, Jim married Doris A. Votra at the St. Vincent of Paul Church in Cape Vincent, N.Y.

As an engineer, Jim worked for Eastman Kodak Company, American Standard, and Xerox. He also owned and operated The Company Store in Cape Vincent, N.Y., during the summer tourist season.

Jim was a communicant in mass celebrations and sang in the choirs at both St. Vincent Of Paul Church in Cape Vincent and of St. Mary's Church in Clayton. He was also a member of the Colon-Couch American Legion Post 821 in Clayton. Jim enjoyed reading books on history, took great pleasure in nature, and had a beautiful and wonderful singing voice. The couple had lived in Warsaw, N.Y. for a number of years, but then returned to Cape Vincent in the late 1970s.

Besides his wife, Doris, Jim is survived by his four children and their spouses, James R. and Donna Brown, Towanda, PA, Joseph A. and Meg Brown, Camillus, NY, Marybeth and Trevor Famulare, Shippensburg, PA, and Janine and Donald Johnson, Watertown; eight grandchildren; brother, Walter L. and sister in law Nancy Brown, Stanley, NY; sister, Patricia McGuirl, New Bern, NC; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His brother, Gerald, died before him.

Donations in his name may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 123 S. Massey St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Jim's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#5 Gail Kogut 2016-09-13 18:43
My name is Gail Kogut. In 1985 Jim was driving from Cape Vincent to Syracuse for work. I was attending Upstate Medical University and I rode with him from Watertown from August through October. We had many conversations and I was thankful for the ride. I am sorry for your loss, he will surely be missed. May God grant you peace through the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
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#4 Larry & Ellen Hickey 2016-09-13 09:39
//we send our sympathy to you Doris, & all your wonderful children. We are no longer in Cape Vincent, have moved to Saratoga Springs. We will pray for you all and wish you the Peace of the Lord.
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#3 Katie 2016-09-12 22:43
Wow, it's crazy how much you learn about people. I never knew he had a passion for singing. I took care of James and I can say that I am so sad by this. I will miss his smile and always laughing at me when I would make a funny face at him to make him laugh. You will be missed James but always remembered.
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#2 Gary & Heather 2016-09-12 20:38
Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you, love you
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#1 G. Kent Walmsley 2016-09-12 20:31
Doris and family: Happened to catch Jim's obit in WDT.
Rembering our friendship first over Viking BB and then over our common faith in Jesus Christ. I trust your faith will get you through this loss. Shalom
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